Illinois State University values freedom of expression as a core principle of the University but recognizes that standards of dress and/or grooming are appropriate in certain specific circumstances. There is no university-wide dress code, but units may set standards with attention to the Student Bill of Rights and in accordance with the following broad principles.
Dress codes should be developed in fair and open consultation with all affected groups.
Dress codes must be specifically tailored to the individual course to which they apply and may not be of general applicability.
Dress codes may be applied in specific circumstances (e.g., clinical settings; performance or presentation; in compliance with OSHA, K-12 policies for work in schools; health departments; other external standards; for reasons of safety.) Dress codes should be relevant to program-specific academic performance, as defined within the Faculty Code of Ethics Policy 3.3.12A (6).
To the extent possible, dress codes should impact all groups evenly regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, etc.
Policies should make clear the underlying purpose of the dress code.
Any penalty for non-compliance should be clearly stated with an opportunity for appeal.
Initiating body: Academic Senate
Contact: Academic Senate (309-438-8735)
Reviewed on: 03/2013
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